THE TEN BEST PUBS IN SCOTLAND
1: The Albert Tavern, Freuchie, Cupar, Fife
A three time winner of CAMRA Scottish Pub of the Year, including wins in 2009 and 2010, the Fife-based establishment is a certainty for first place. Regularly praised by both critics and consumers for its warm and friendly atmosphere, the pub focuses on real ale from microbreweries across Scotland.
2: The Four Mary’s, High Street, Linlithgow
A bar with plenty of history, The Four Mary’s was originally built in the 16th century as a dwelling house. Famous for its Cask Ale, selection of single malt whiskies and beer garden, The Four Mary’s retains its links to the past, while being a great modern-day pub.
3: Clachaig Inn, Old Village Road, Glencoe, Argyll
A must for any walkers or climbers, the Claichaig Inn is uphill from the village of Glencoe, and has picturesque mountain scenery all around. There is an impressive range of whisky available, with over 160 different varieties of both rare and popular malts.
4: The Brauhaus, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh
Hidden on Lauriston Place, a short distance from Tollcross, Brauhaus has a wide selection of beers from all over the globe. Whether you want an authentic Scottish ale, a fruity Belgian beer or to sample what beer tastes like in Kenya, The Brauhaus will have it.
5: The Horseshoe Bar, Drury Street, Glasgow
Designed literally as its name suggests, in the shape of a horseshoe, the bar is widely seen as a symbol of real Glasweigan pub culture. It is officially the longest bar in Britain, and great atmosphere is a certainty.
6: Geordie’s Byre, Main Street, Wallacetown, Ayr
Situated in quite a remote part of Ayrshire, Geordie’s Byre is a favourite of locals and anyone else who finds it. A reviewer on the website ‘Beer in the Evening’, said: “This is a great place – a proper friendly old fashioned pub with possibly the best beer in Ayr, a lively atmosphere and no pretensions.”
7: Blue Lamp, Gallowgate, Aberdeen
A pub with a very lively atmosphere, the Blue Lamp has regular live music shows, particularly Jazz, and the occasional comedy night. A small and intimate venue, it has a good selection of real ale to complement its good entertainment value.
8: Ericht Alehouse, Wellmeadow, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Established in 1802, the pub has a log-burning fire and very traditional design. Very much an old-fashioned pub, with no food being served, weekends at the Ericht Alehouse can be very busy.
9: The Fox & Hounds, South Street, Houston, Renfrewshire
With an award-winning brewery on-site, The Fox & Hounds serves five home-made ales. It is well known for its friendly and jovial atmosphere, described on its website as “The pub with today’s comfort and the atmosphere of bygone days”.
10: The Clachnaharry Inn, High Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire
Offering great views overlooking the Caledonian canal, the Beauty Firth and Black Isle, The Clachnaharry Inn is a four-time winner of Local CAMRA Town Pub of the Year. A 17th century coaching house, the pub is small, but quaint.